An unsigned 26-year-old singer from Leicestershire will represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision song contest in Copenhagen.
Molly Smitten-Downes – who performs as simply Molly – was discovered via BBC Introducing, a website that gives unsigned artists a chance to be heard by those in search of new talent.
Molly will perform her own track Children of the Universe – described as “anthemic" and "uplifting” – which she wrote specially for Eurovision after being approached by the BBC.
The BBC's Eurovision executive producer Guy Freeman called Molly “the perfect combination of contemporary song writing and real vocal quality", while the singer herself said “I'm so excited for everyone to hear Children of the Universe. I'm so happy with it.
"To represent the United Kingdom in such a huge competition, not only as a singer and performer but as a songwriter is an unbelievable honour. I hope I can do us proud.”
Molly has been composing and performing music for over a decade and is said to have become widely recognised on the UK live music scene, having played at festivals including Sundown and supported artists such as Jake Bugg, Tinie Tempah, Labrinth and Chase n Status.
In 2012 she was named Best Urban/Pop Act at the Live and Unsigned music competition, and the following year she won Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards.
An estimated global TV audience of over 120 million will tune in to watch the 59th Eurovision Song Contest live from the Danish capital on 10 May.